THE SPANISH healthcare system is one of the top seven most efficient in the European Union, according to a report from the EU directorate-general for economic and financial affairs, presented on Tuesday.
It is ranked along with Belgium, Cyprus, France, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands. The report has been drawn up using the latest figures recorded by Eurostat and the OECD.
It notes that the more expenditure on healthcare does not necessarily lead to increased life expectancy and quality of life for citizens. The figures show that the total health expenditure per capita in Spain is €1,937, which is below the EU average of €2,028.
Among the top seven performers only Cyprus has a lower expenditure on health than Spain.
Measures of good health vary considerably even among countries that spend the same amount on healthcare, which suggests that some systems are more efficient than others.